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The Burden of the Past

History, Memory, and Identity in Contemporary Ukraine

In a century marked by totalitarian regimes, genocide, mass migrations, and shifting borders, the concept of memory in Eastern Europe is often synonymous with notions of trauma. In Ukraine, memory mechanisms were disrupted by political systems seeking to repress and control the past in order to form new national identities supportive of their own agendas. With the collapse of the Soviet Union, memory in Ukraine was released, creating alternate visions of the past, new national heroes, and new victims. This release of memories led to new conflicts and "memory wars."

How does the past exist in contemporary Ukraine? The works collected in The Burden of the Past focus on commemorative practices, the politics of history, and the way memory influences Ukrainian politics, identity, and culture. The works explore contemporary memory culture in Ukraine and the ways in which it is being researched and understood. Drawing on work from historians, sociologists, anthropologists, psychologists, and political scientists, the collection represents a truly interdisciplinary approach. Taken together, the groundbreaking scholarship collected in The Burden of the Past provides insight into how memories can be warped and abused, and how this abuse can have lasting effects on a country seeking to create a hopeful future.

About the Authors

Anna Wylegała is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences. She is author of Displacement and Memory: Remembering and Forgetting in Ukrainian Galicia and Polish 'Recovered Lands.' Małgorzata Głowacka-Grajper is Associate Professor at the Institute of Sociology, University of Warsaw. She is author of Transmisja pamięci. Działacze sfery pamięci i przekaz o Kresach Wschodnich we współczesnej Polsce (The transmission of memory: memory activists and narratives of former Eastern Borderlands in contemporary Poland).

Reviews

"The Burden of the Past is a milestone of the scholarship about Eastern European politics of memory and a compelling plea for the need to further de-Westernize the field of memory studies."—Wulf Kansteiner

"This book is an important stepstone in both memory and Ukrainian studies. By posting new questions and introducing new categories of analysis, it makes us to rethink us what is Ukraine and how its troublesome past can be overcome for a better future."—Yaroslav Hrytsak, Ukrainian Catholic University, Lviv

"This book is a welcome addition to a growing body of scholarly literature on Ukrainian identity and memory politics. . . . The two editors can be commended for having produced an excellent book, an important addition to ongoing discussions of Ukrainian memory politics in Ukraine."—Taras Kuzio, National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy,Ukraine, Europe - Asia Studies

"This volume, edited by Anna Wylegała and Małgorzata Głowacka-Grajper, presents a remarkably consistent scholarly concept and a clear civic, or even political, agenda. . . . Both scholars of Ukraine and memory studies specialists will enjoy this solid and thought-provoking volume, which it is to be hoped will succeed in influencing ongoing conversations in Ukraine on such important topics for the future of the country."—Alessandro Achilli, Monash University, Modern Language Review

"Using an interdisciplinary approach, Anna Wylegała and Małgorzata Głowacka-Grajper have succeeded in assembling a well-selected array of fieldwork and comparative research that explores hidden and forbidden memory of Ukraine's recent past. They have also effectively questioned how political as well as sociocultural and religious markers of today's identities polarize Ukrainian society given the lack of a common frame of reference and unhealed wounds. . . . It is a milestone collection of memories and testimonies of those who still remember and those who have forgotten; of those who continue to look critically at the present without forgetting their past."—Francesco Trupia, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland, Harvard Ukranian Studies
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